DAP: New army camp being built in Hisham’s constituency

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP’s Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong today accused Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein of lying when he denied that an army camp was being built in his Sembrong constituency in Johor.

Liew said the camp was under construction in Paloh, a state seat within the Sembrong constituency.

“He is clearly lying because there is an army camp being built in his constituency,” he said in response to Hishammuddin’s denial that army camps were being built for political purposes.

Hishammuddin, who is also an Umno vice-president, was quoted yesterday as saying that if the allegation was true, he would have ordered an army camp to be built in Sembrong.

“As the defence minister, I would do a camp in my area first,” he told reporters at the opening of the refurbished Kompleks Mutiara Armada navy camp.  Read more

Did EC insult Parliament, saying Hansard can’t be believed, ask MPs

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Opposition MPs say that the Election Commission (EC) may have insulted Parliament by rejecting evidence from the Hansard – the official record of parliamentary proceedings – stating the contents “cannot be believed”.

PKR’s R Sivarasa said the law clearly views Hansard publications as an official document of Parliament, with Section 78 of the Evidence Act (EA) 1950 stating that the proceedings of Parliament are proved by the minutes kept in the Hansard.

“Section 81 of the EA provides that copies of the Hansard are presumed to be genuine. This is provided under the law. It is the official document.

“For them to say the document cannot be believed shows they are ignorant of the law,” the Subang MP told FMT.

Sivarasa, who is a lawyer, was referring to the revelation at a press conference today, where DAP legal bureau secretary Michelle Ng Mei Sze said the Johor registrar of electors had rejected a voter objection deeming the Parliament Hansard (official record) as not credible.

She was referring to the objection hearings pertaining to the entry of 949 army personnel and their spouses in the Segamat constituency.

Ng had said the applicant was told by the registrar that the Hansard produced “cannot be believed”.  Read more

Can the Election Commission relocate you to another polling district? — Puthan Perumal

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY PUTHAN PERUMAL

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SEPT 23 — One question that all of us Malaysians ask ourselves is this: how do I get involved in the process of redrawing electoral boundaries?

Contrary to popular belief, we do have a say in the review of the division of constituencies.

Most of us are perhaps not aware of, or have simply overlooked, the importance of the 13th Schedule to the Federal Constitution.

Article 113 (2)(i) of the Federal Constitution states that the Election Commission shall, from time to time, as it deems necessary, review the division of the Federation and the States into constituencies and recommend such changes therein as it thinks necessary in order to comply with the provisions contained in the Thirteenth Schedule.

The important aspect to note is there is power given to the Election Commission to review the division of the Federation and the States into constituencies.

The Election Commission lately, as I understand it, has made proposals not to review the division of the Federation and the States , but to relocate voters to different polling districts.

Is the Election Commission allowed to do that under the Federal Constitution? Read more